Southwest Movers Association working to define moving and relocation services as “essential”

March 23, 2020

Southwest Movers Association Membership: 
 
As many cities continue to issue “stay at home” orders, Southwest Movers Association (SMA) staff is working with local and statewide leaders to define moving and relocation services as “essential.” This afternoon, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) updated their language to include “truck drivers” as “essential” during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
Below is that specific excerpt:

“Employees supporting or enabling transportation functions, including truck drivers, bus drivers, dispatchers, maintenance and repair technicians, warehouse workers, truck stop and rest area workers, and workers that maintain and inspect infrastructure (including those that require cross-jurisdiction travel).”
 
While this clarifies that your truck drivers are able to operate during “stay at home orders,” we will continue to work with local, state and federal officials to include “household goods” as essential so the moving and storage industry can continue to operate. We are already seeing this clarification in other states and continued operation comes with modifications and extra safety precautions as issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are insistent that the industry will continue to operate in this challenging time. 

SMA suggests printing out these guidelines and having them available in the cab of all commercial vehicles. 
 
We will be reporting back to membership as we work to receive clarifications from our state and local leaders. If you are not already doing so, be sure to follow us on SMA’s Twitter and Facebook page.  We are fully utilizing social media to get out information. 
 
We know these are uncertain times and your SMA staff is here to answer your questions and advocate on your behalf. To read the full guidelines, please visit CISA’s website
 
Thank you,
John D. Esparza
Executive Director, Southwest Movers Association